Kakhara comes from Sanskrit which means stick that sounds. Actually kakhara is a kind of stick used when on pilgrimage or in religious rituals as well as a defensive weapon by Buddhist priests. The term kakhara actually refers more to the head of the stick with a distinctive shape. However, the term kakhara is often used to refer to a single head and stick made of wood or metal.
The head of the kakhara is usually circular at the top with a number of rings inserted in it. In a kakhara head combined with a vertical hollow section which is where the stick is inserted. The vertical holes on the kakhara are decorated with various ornaments.